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Probiotic cuts infection in 3-6 year olds.

Dr Daniel Merenstein studied the effects of DanActive (Actimel) in 640 children aged 3-6 in day care and schools.

Half got DanActive, the other half a placebo, once a day for 90 days, without parents or researchers knowing who got which until the study had ended.

There was an overall 19% decrease in common infections in children taking DanActive (Actimel).

There was a 24% drop in gastrointestinal problems (diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea) and an 18% cut in upper respiratory tract problems (like glue ear, sinusitis, strep throat).

The full study report appears free in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 Like a study of a different probiotic in 0-3 year olds reported by Merenstein in March, there was no cut in the number of days the child spent out of care, so no reduction in home parenting either. The earlier study did not test as to whether that probiotic cut common infections.


May 19, 2010 - Posted by | Child Health, Daniel Merenstein, Probiotics, Success

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